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The  difficulties of  financing a small business

 

The  thought that  alternatives available for  medium-sized business owners  fall to  selections between traditional financing,  factoring companies , or venture capital is the wrong way to  examine funding small business  efforts.  Even when the business  depends exclusively on debt financing to  sustain its capital  demands, business owners should  examine the financing options  readily available to them as a ‘portfolio’ of investment  choices. See Freight Factoring Costs

 

One size does not fit all– two or three sizes don’t fit all either.

 

The majority of the Main Street businesses we  discuss here will  sustain growth and fund working capital with borrowed money or cash flow.  Thankfully, there are a  number of options  accessible.  Regrettably, many small business owners look at the  selections as an either/or choice to be made. I think it makes sense to look at financing  alternatives that are appropriate to different  scenarios and how they might work together to help small business owners find the capital they need.

 

For example, a good relationship with a community banker is very important to the long-term health of a small business. That’s not to say an SBA loan or other traditional loan is  the very best and only  solution to the financing  demands of the local dry cleaner or restaurant. Yes, interest rates are lower on a traditional fixed-term loan, but how quickly a small business owner can  get capital can be  difficult with a term loan that takes weeks or months to fund if the small business owner  really needs the cash now.

 

And, the elephant in the room is that many Main Street business owners don’t have the credit, time in business, or revenues to  satisfy traditional loan criteria. This is  even more so painful for early or idea-phase startups. No history, no product, and no revenues  typically mean no loan.

 

For a business owner who doesn’t match the underwriting  guidelines of a traditional lender,  invoice factoring company products can  serve to help establish credit while  enabling the borrower to fill his or her short-term capital  demands.  Invoice Factoring Companies have less  rigid lending requirements than does the local bank– but that comes with higher interest rates. Because of  greater interest rates, small business owners should  review repayment terms of a few months  instead of a couple of years. Although  factoring company financing  can possibly be a  highly effective tool when used  properly, it can also be very costly if misused.

 

Many small business owners who do qualify for low-interest term loans still  go to  invoice factoring methods as a short-term bridge to a traditional term loan while they  anticipate a traditional loan  to become funded. If the business owner is trying to take advantage of an opportunity and can’t   an SBA or other traditional loan to close, the additional interest they pay over the two or three months they wait is well worth almost immediate  accessibility to capital offered by  receivable factoring .

 

 

When  checking out the many financing options  readily available for small business owners,  a number of the questions that should be asked include:.

1. What is the range of terms  readily available?

2. Are there any upfront costs?

3. What is the minimum credit score  needed  in order to get the loan?

4.  Precisely what are the underwriting  guidelines in addition to my credit score?

5. How quickly can the loan be funded?

6.  Will I  require the cash now, or can I  stand by?

7. Do I have the  capacity to make regular and  prompt payments?

 

A small business owner should  manage his or her credit score like a precious asset. Sometimes short-term financial  judgments have long-term  repercussions.  For instance; a business owner that had a  very good business  concept but no collateral, no income, and no credit was  distressed and upset that lenders weren’t interested in his idea and weren’t  gushing themselves to give him money. He wasn’t  considering bootstrapping because it would cause him to  downsize his growth plans. It wasn’t what he  would like to hear, but bootstrapping his idea was the only real  choice available and the approach I suggested. Many  exceptionally successful companies were  launched by an entrepreneur who bootstrapped his way to the top.

 

 Precisely what’s  the most effective  technique for your Main Street business? There are certainly more than one or even a  mix of many options– once size does not fit  everything. Also see Freight Factoring Costs

 

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